James Fenimore Cooper Message Board

Anonymous posts on 4/4/2011 2:11:52 PM I think the shortest sentence in it, that he did not butcher with commas, as is his wont, and not unique to him among writers at the time, was, "Mabel did not answer."
Anonymous posts on 9/26/2010 5:51:54 PM I am really tired of this book. I don't like it at all.
Gil Wilson posts on 4/7/2010 1:28:54 AM I cannot believe the comments on Cooper's Leatherstocking tale. I agree that some parts of the book are slow but after reading Tolstoy everything seems fast. I was really surprised to find that the "resident scholars" didn't know that the Prairie was the third book that Cooper wrote. Even thought Hawkeye dies in it, Cooper will go back and write 2 more books about Hawkeye. I never thought of Cooper being Victorian literature since Victoria's reign started in 1837 and Prairie the 3rd book in the series was published in 1832.

loy norrix student posts on 11/24/2008 1:25:55 PM this book is horrible! we have to read it in four days and its four hundred and something pages i hate it! the vocab is insane and im upset that we have to read it and do so much vocabulary. plus this big sheet five of them that we have to fill out about the book >:( im highly upset
posts on 5/23/2006 7:07:59 PM +smirks+ right on. ich canst nicht schte es. (that was probably spelled wrong and terrible grammar. give me a break, i haven't studied it in 5 years...) has anyone ever read mark twain's essay on "the literary offences of james fenimore cooper?" i nearly died of laughter...
posts on 5/23/2006 6:03:53 PM I'm an American studying in Berlin and we were assigned "The Pathfinder" (translated in German) as reading. I was having trouble, so I looked up the fulltext English version online -- and the German version is BETTER! It's really funny; whoever translated it cleaned up Cooper's prose and shortened all those boring descriptions. I'm a native English speaker, but I'm sticking with the German.
Roy posts on 1/8/2006 7:58:48 PM help, i have to read and do an oral book report... any input.
Matt posts on 10/19/2005 5:12:19 PM i'm on this website beacuse i need cliff notes on this horrible book. I have to read it for a school project but gave up because its so confusing and boring. I've read a nine hundred page biography that better than this
grant posts on 10/11/2005 8:27:36 PM I need a summary or cliff notes on this book. Can anyone help?
John Ellis posts on 8/21/2005 2:29:18 PM The problem with reading any novels written in the Victorian era is that they have to be approached with a Victorian mindset. These books were essentially written for the leisure classes who had plenty of time on their hands because the servants were taking care of the cooking and cleaning. One is never going to dash through The Last of The Mohicans on a plane ride from New York to Los Angeles. It's true of just about every writer of the period although I have to say that I don't think that Cooper's novels bring a lot of human insights that remain relevant like those to be found in say the novels of Henry James or Joseph Conrad. They do however translate quite well into action movies. Perhaps a confirmation of the adage that the best movies are based on second class literature.
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